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Survey on provision of Psychological Therapies in Community Mental Health settings - UoM & UoB

Survey on provision of Psychological Therapies in Community Mental Health settings

Can you spare 5 minutes and tells us your views on the provision of group interventions in community mental health settings?

We are doing a survey of mental health professionals as part of a consultation exercise to help us design a research study. We are interested in increasing access to therapy groups for people with severe mental problems commonly seen by practitioners working in community mental health teams, such as people who receive diagnoses of schizophrenia, bipolar, and personality disorders.

Responses will be collected anonymously, and you will not be personally identifiable from the data collected. The survey should take 5-10 minutes to complete.

The survey can be accessed here.

Please e-mail Pamela Jacobsen (University of Bath; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Filippo Varese (University of Manchester; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any further questions about this survey. 

Applications open for 'HOPE European Exchange Programme'

HOPE European Exchange Programme

The HOPE European Exchange programme is a unique and exciting opportunity to understand the challenges of a healthcare system outside the UK. The benefits are personal, as well as professional, as it leads to seeing your own role and the NHS in a whole new light.

Firstly, HOPE stands for Hospitals of EurOPE. The exchange programme offers those with healthcare managerial responsibilities a unique opportunity to exchange time in your healthcare system with another EU member state for four weeks, followed by an international meeting for all participants.

This year, the number of UK applicants is increased and more organisations – across the NHS spectrum – encouraged to host participants from other EU countries to open up the experience for more people.

The 2020 programme will run from 11th May – 7th June 2020. 

Applications for participants and for hosting organisations for the 2020 programme will be open until 31st October 2019.

For more details please see the Leadership Academy information page

Job advertisement: Six Degrees Social Enterprise - Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner PWP -

Six Degrees Social Enterprise is a Salford based Community Interest Company, established in 2011. Our social mission is to build resilient communities in which people with common mental health problems are accepted, supported and equipped with skills to deal with the challenges they face. Six Degrees is a values driven organisation. Please visit our website for more information http://six-degrees.org.uk/

Six Degrees Social Enterprise is a Salford based Community Interest Company, established in 2011. Our social mission is to build resilient communities in which people with common mental health problems are accepted, supported and equipped with skills to deal with the challenges they face. Six Degrees is a values driven organisation. Please visit our website for more information http://six-degrees.org.uk/ 

An exciting opportunity has arisen within Six Degrees Social Enterprise, we are looking to recruit a Qualified Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner to work as part of the National Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme (IAPT) here in Salford.

Ideal candidates should demonstrate:

  • Evidence of the Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner Training Qualification (trainees soon to complete training welcome to apply)
  • Provide timely triage and deliver brief interventions to those experiencing common mental health problems
  • Good knowledge of the stepped care model
  • Effective management of case load and a commitment to delivering patient centered high quality care
  • Effective organisational and communication skills
  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team
  • Ability to mentor/support trainee staff
  • Ability to travel to venues in Salford

 

We offer our employees:

  • Clinical and Case Management Supervision
  • Generous Terms and Conditions
  • Pay increments in line with Agenda for Change
  • An inspirational work environment
  • A good pension

 

Opportunities to develop within a supportive and creative environmentIf you are interested please send your CV to Kelly Hylton (email below) and for informal discussions contact,Telephone; 0161 212 4981Email; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upcoming event - PPN Annual Conference 2019: Programme attached

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

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CAP's event - New Roles in Psychological Professions (07/11/19) - Programme for the day

CAP Workshop agenda

There has been considerable interest in the potential of psychology graduates to be part of the health and care workforce.

The Clinical Associates in Psychology (CAPs) role is a role with potential to support workforce development in the Psychological Professions.

CAPs initially developed in Scotland where the role is specific either to adults with common mental health problems (similar to IAPT) or children and families.  More recently, Exeter University in partnership with Cornwall Partnerships FT, have trailblazed the CAP role along with the development of a bespoke training programme, to address workforce recruitment problems in the South west of England. 

CAPs train for one year at Masters Level and once qualified operate at a Band 6 level. The CAPs must be supervised by a clinical psychologist and are trained to deliver assessment, formulation and treatment for people with mental health problems.

The vision for the CAP role is to create a new workforce to bridge the gap between graduate psychologist and Clinical Psychologist, developing the career pathway for graduate psychologists whilst enabling services to innovatively meet patient needs. CAPs are a unique way to address the psychology and wider mental health recruitment challenges.

The Apprenticeship Standard for CAPs is in the process of being approved and from January 2020 the Master’s Level Training Fees will be available to organisations through the Apprenticeship Levy.

In the North West and across the North of England there is growing interest in the potential of these roles. 

The PPN has organised a workshop on Wednesday 6th November 2019, 1pm – 5pm at the King’s House Conference Centre in Manchester. 

The  workshop will provide an opportunity for Psychological Professions’ Leads, Service Managers, Workforce Planners, Commissioners and Education Providers to come together to explore opportunities to develop this role in the North West.

Information will be available about the role and how the apprenticeship standard can provide an effective development route.

For further information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You can find our programme for the day here.

Attendance closing soon for the 2019 North West PPN Annual Conference

The North West Psychological Professions Network (PPN) are delighted to announce the 2019 PPN Annual Conference will focus on the implications and opportunities for the psychological professions working within the NHS as it sets out its vision to prepare the workforce to deliver the digital future.

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NHS England and Improvement Allied Health Professions Team and Personalised Care Group Improvement Collaborative – Closes Weds 30th October 2019

Invitation to Join: NHS England and Improvement Allied Health Professions Team and Personalised Care Group Improvement Collaborative – Closes Weds 30th October 2019

Help shape the future of personalised care

As a leader in healthcare, you may be aware of the potential of personalised care to transform the care we provide to people in the future. Personalised care represents a new relationship between people, professionals and the health and care system. It enables people to stay well for longer and provides a positive shift in power and decision making that enables people to have a voice, to be heard, and to be connected to each other and their communities. You can read more about the compelling evidence and the vision articulated by the Long Term Plan in the national delivery plan for personalised care.

We want to capitalise on this potential, and ensure it becomes “business as usual” in the future and we are inviting you, and your teams, to help us shape the way this is delivered. The benefits will be that teams develop new skills that improve the care experience they provide, improve outcomes for people, improve their job satisfaction and support the delivery of much more joined up care, reducing pressure on stretched NHS services.

NHS England and Improvement’s Allied Health Professionals team are working with the Personalised Care team to deliver an improvement collaborative, supporting frontline teams to deliver and evidence the impact of personalised care in their service or pathway area. We particularly want to engage with multi-disciplinary teams that include AHPs and nurses and whose function it is to deliver care for people with long-term health and care needs.

We are inviting organisations to nominate teams to be involved in this programme of work. This programme will include 4 events to develop their skills in personalised care, to collaborate with colleagues across the country on their own work, and spread their learning throughout their trust, and report back with evidence that will inform NHS England and Improvement policy going forward.

Those who participate will have the opportunity to improve their knowledge of personalised care, develop skills to improve and evaluate their practice using quality improvement methodologies – and crucially, deliver better care.

What next?

If you would like to be involved, we would be grateful if your teams would return the attached proforma to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by midnight Wednesday 30th October 2019. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event - PWP Foundation Skills Forum, Manchester – 28th November 2019

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event - PWP Foundation Skills Forum, Manchester – 28th November 2019

Whether you prefer to bring a notepad and simply soak up ideas or want to bring specific challenges to discuss on the day, these foundation skills workshops provide a unique opportunity to progress your PWP knowledge and abilities. Join an ever-expanding national network of dedicated PWPs to experience:

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HEE staff: call for participation in the 'National Education and Training Survey'

National Education and Training Survey

In November last year HEE launched the National Education and Training Survey to capture feedback from all multidisciplinary learners across the country. NETS will be live this year from November 11 for four weeks.

In 2018, 24,000 responses were collected from medical and wider healthcare workforce learners. We want to significantly improve on this number; to help spread the word we have developed the NETS Communication Toolkit.

The toolkit contains a series of digital assets, printable resources, recommended wording and supporting guidance for internal and external stakeholders to use to promote the survey to our learners on placement.

For HEE, the quality of teaching, learning and assessments in work-based placements lies at the heart of its responsibility in the NHS.

You can help us to promote NETS by including the NETS signature in your work email signature.

Find out more and access the NETS Communications Toolkit by visiting our NETS webpage.  

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event – IAPT NNF 2020, Manchester – 21st January 2020

SBK Healthcare/IAPT NNF Event – IAPT NNF 2020, Manchester – 21st January 2020

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